Dec 5, 2012 6:00am PST
for payback for their votes. >> after the election of jimmy carter, he went to washington, d.c., he came back with some bacon. that's what you do. our people in an overwhelming way supported the reelection of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership -- of course not just that, but why not. martha: you have got to bring home the bacon according to that councilwoman. many cities and state are in the same situation. will they make the same request of the president and washington? stuart, what do you think about that piece of tape there? >> finally it has been said in public. the detroit city councilmember saying publicly we deserve a bailout. detroi indeed vote overwhelmingly for president obama. 73% of the vote went for president obama. detroit will probably run out of money within days. the word bankruptcy is being applied to the city of detroit. she says there ought to be a quid pro quo, why not. she is publicly calling for what amounts to a federal bailout. it would be called help for the city, help for the states. but you asked it. who is next
Dec 3, 2012 11:00am PST
it seem to you that the president feels as though he has some leverage here? he won the election, right? >> he did. >> maybe that accounts for what's in his proposal. >> yeah. this is clearly a different president obama than the one we saw during the debt ceiling negotiations or even after the midterm elections in 2010 when he felt a little weakened and there was the extension of those bush tax cuts for the wealthy. so i think when you're seeing here is a president who put this on the table, trying to please his base, okay? which got him elected after all. saying, this is my wish list, this is in a perfect world, this is what i would do. i don't think anyone at the white house expected the republicans to say, oh, thank you mr. president, yes, this looks lovely. let's go on and work on a deal. no, that's not what it was. the white house -- this is alfonse gaston a little bit here. and so they're waiting for the republican response. and what they're really talking about, brooke, is getting some kind of a first step. a down payment. ironically they all know what -- in the big picture needs
Dec 4, 2012 4:00am PST
can get this sorted out, you can really move forward, and therefore, i think now that your elections are out of the way, i'm just speaking as an outsider, now your election is out of the way, there's going to be all this bargaining and positions, but my expectations, i hope, and the desire of the world, is sorted out, and we can move on, and then sort our own problems out. >> for those of us in the united states, we see sort of what seems to be two intractable issues. republicans saying we will not raise taxes on the top 2% of earners. the democrats say we're certainly not going to have cuts that hurt spending cuts that hurt the middle class. and as the proposals go on the table they seem intractable on it. >> they do. but you would expect them, the republicans to be more on the tax side and democrats to be more on the we're not cutting spending side. this is pretty routine type of argument. the question is, you know, are they so far apart they can't bridge the gap? i think they could bridge the gap. you know, there have been proposals put forward on a cross-party basis before that v
Dec 6, 2012 1:00pm PST
? he was just re-elected. why couldn't he put together a package, a deal to avoid this disaster? >> i think this is a question of political leadership. and as that poll showed, there's no doubt that the president has the political advantage going into this. but at some point, and i think we're kind of getting close to it, the president has to be able to pivot and to say how do i turn this political advantage into a real policy accomplishment? and, wolf, i don't think you're going to do that with continued campaign style events like we just saw meeting with middle class families. okay. we get that. that occurred during the campaign. the white house has clearly gotten its message out. i think now there has to be a next step. you know, timing is everything in politics. and this is absolutely no different. what i'm getting from talking to some democrats on the hill is i think there's actually a lot of pent up anger and frustration among democrats how they feel republicans were obstructionist for the last four years. there's a little bit of payback going on here. they've got the advantage.
Dec 7, 2012 5:00pm PST
affected by the fact that for the first time in this last election, you have people going to the polls and actually voting to allow same sex marriage as opposed to it coming from judges or from legislators? >> i don't think justices sort of said the polls did x so i will do y but in 1986, louis powell, the swing justice of his day, they had the first real gay rights case and he said to his law clerk, you know, as they were sort of weighing the case, you know, i've never met a gay person. i've never met a momhomosexual. what is that like? he didn't know that law clerk himself was homosexual. that was what the world was like in 1986, that a worldly, intelligent man could have thought that he had never met someone who was gay. now even the conservatives on the court couldn't possibly express a sentiment like that and that's just reflected in how the court acts. >> what do you think -- is there any way to read the tea leaves on this? >> you know, based on my experience in the health care case, i'm not going to do a lot of predictions because wrong is wrong. but anthony kennedy has been the
Dec 3, 2012 5:00pm PST
- but left to run for political office. romney has kept a low profile since the election - spending his time with his family at their california home. the romney and marriott families are close -- in fact - willard mitt romney was named after the hotel's founder -- j. willard marriott... >> heavy fighting between rebel and government forces in syria. now there is concern that syria could plan on using chemical weapons against the rebels. obama is warmin mornin-that it should not happening. >> the use of chemical weapons. is and is totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons it there will be consequences and you will be held accountable >> the united nations is withdrawing its international staff from syria because of the obvious security problems. recent fighting has been escalated, a route to damascus has been the most serious since the month of july. stay with us, more news after the break. >>this just in to the kron 4 news room an earthquake has knocked items off shelves in homes around anchorage, alaska, but there are no immediate reports of injuries.
Dec 8, 2012 5:00am PST
's socialism and communism. >> with the election it's pretty much understandable i guess. >> socialism now and capitalism. capitalism i get. does make you wonder. i'm trying to remember the last word i looked up. >> i can't remember. i can remember the last word i looked up. >> we look up words every day. >> we do. >> i guess it's an after thought. >> you don't know every word in the dictionary yet? >> it's funny in this job you use fewer and fewer of them. >> keep it simple stupid. i think at least we know that people were looking those words up. i think that's a great sign because if you don't know the meaning of a word rather than just glossing over it especially in this day and age where everybody is on the internet all day long sending shorter and shorter text messages i feel happy to know that people are looking up words that they don't know the meaning to. >> we could use a few more of them. our attention span -- i had to rewrite a letter from my local library, a fundraising letter. you got to take about 70% of this out because nobody will read it. >> sometimes
Dec 7, 2012 11:00am PST
on the ballot, proposition 8, california voted in a close election to overturn same sex marriage. same sex marriage was banned after it was briefly legal. the federal district court had a trial there, and said that law, proposition 8, banning same sex marriage, is unconstitutional. that was affirmed on appeal, that is now appealed to the supreme court and they will now decide whether proposition 8 is constitutional or not. >> when we talk about this as being a historical sort of review, clearly there were different laws passed at the state level. so now it is really up to the federal government to kind of step in and say, okay, this is where we have to come together on our thinking. >> it is up to the united states supreme court. not the federal government. the federal government, the last word they have is the defense of marriage act. and what makes this so significant is that the supreme court has not really engaged with the issue of -- of gay rights since 2003. nine years. that's a long time. the country has changed dramatically in those nine years. there is a new gallup poll out that s